The Inside Column 05/05

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Good morning and welcome to St Barnabas Stoke – if you are visiting today we hope you encounter God’s goodness and love for you as you join us in worshipping Him, please feel free to stick around afterwards for a coffee and a chat.

Hello, Angela here. I have the pleasure of writing the Inside Column this week and I hope to encourage you all into some storytelling. Whenever stories are told there needs to be some good listening going on as well!

During the course of my work I get to hear the stories of so many folk ; a whole kaleidoscope of happy, sad, tender, joyful and oftentimes Humorous tales that are recounted readily but then there are others that only come welling up through prompting or when someone else is reminiscing.

At Whareama we have a little weekly fellowship group called Gold In Our Memories. The aim is to share our memories, not to dwell on the past but to keep us (sometimes put us back) in touch with our very souls and hopefully find meaning in our shared experiences.

My 89 year old father is a great storyteller with an amazing recall especially when it comes to remembering the names of people and the chronology of family and other history and I guess a  lot of our conversations tend to be quite factual. During a recent discussion he surprised me with his perception that his mother never truly loved him. It seemed a relief to him that he could finally confess this thought and I am glad we were able to talk about this at length and we came to some conclusions as to why he felt this way but more importantly it gave me the opportunity to thank him for always ensuring his six children felt well loved.

I spend time with a lot of families as they prepare for funeral or memorial services for loved ones and there are always surprises. “Wow ! We never knew that about Mum, Dad, Grandma, Poppa.” Quite often too there will be different versions of the same stories. The FDANZ (Funeral Directors Association of NZ) has a campaign running at the moment called Take The Time To Talk. They have published some pamphlets with some helpful suggestions to get meaningful conversations started and ideas for recording life stories. I have placed some of these out in the foyer for you to take home if you wish.

Of course we should never forget that as Christians, thanks be to our Lord Jesus we have the very best story of all to share with those around us.

Take care and be earnestly on your guard  not to forget the things which your eyes have seen, nor let them slip from your memory as long as you live- teach them to your children and to your children’s children.                - Deuteronomy 4:9.


With every blessing




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